So I was just reading about the new Nintendo console. The controller is radically different than your traditional video game controller, but it sounds pretty cool. Flying by moving the controller through space rather than pressing buttons on the controller, for instance, sounds awesome.
They mentioned the prospects of massively multiplayer games on a home console. Anyone who has played the 3D varieties of Mario and Zelda (especially the very cartoony installments on the Nintendo 64) can relate to the joy of diving off a waterfall, or watching a sunset, or floating down a river. I haven't really seen that kind of platform gaming ideal captured in a massively multiplayer world. Massively multiplayer games are currently all realtime RPG, strategy, or shoot-em-ups.
I personally think it would be really awesome if every time you started up your new Nintendo, you were automatically placed into a Mario/Zelda like world where you are given an Avatar -- a digital representation of yourself. It would be like Zelda, Ocarina of Time, but with other real people on your screen you could interact with or chat with. So every time you turned on your box you'd show up in this digital world, then you could pop in a disc and play a game by yourself or with your friend sitting next to you. OR(!), you could run, swim, and jump your way through this 3D world to find people to play with or against out there on the Intertron. There could actually be lines you could stand in to queue up for joining some big team game, or to play against some Video Game Celebrity. And, while you were waiting in line, you could challenge other people in line to mini games. These could be like a quick game of 2D pong or whatever, but I imagine it more as staying in this 3D multiplayer world. You would challenge them to a quick game of Hop-on-the-Koopa-Troopas or snow hill sledding or platform jumping or whatever. Maybe Smash Bros. type games, too? This could be just to waste time while waiting in line, or if you challenge somebody ahead of you in line and won, you could swap spots with them.
I think it would be awesome.
Keep your pants on...